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Missouri

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Location of Missouri State


Capital: Jefferson City

Population: 6,021,988 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, Lee's Summit

Borders: Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $258,832 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including cattle, dairy products, corn, hay, soybeans, chickens, and eggs
Mining including limestone, coal, and lead
Transportation equipment, chemicals, food processing, aerospace, banking, and tourism

How Missouri got its name: Missouri comes from a Native American word that means big canoe river.

Atlas of Missouri State
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Missouri State Symbols

State Nickname: Show Me State

State Slogan: Where the Rivers Run

State Motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)

State flower: Hawthorn

State bird: Eastern Bluebird

State fish: Paddlefish (state aquatic animal), Catfish (state fish)

State tree: Flowering Dogwood

State mammal: Mule

State foods: North Cinthiana Grape

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Friday, August 10, 1821

Number admitted: 24

Prior Name: Missouri Territory

Postal Abbreviation: MO

Missouri State Map


The Geography of Missouri

Total Size: 68,886 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: St. Francis River at 230 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Dunklin (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Taum Sauk Mtn. at 1,772 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Iron (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Miller County approx. 20 miles southwest of Jefferson City (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 115 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Missouri River, Mississippi River, Osage River, Meramec Rivers, Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir, Bull Shoals Lake, Table Rock Lake

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